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Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule 57

Last Friday, an article in Eurogamer about the Raspberry Pi's upcoming release threw a wrench in the mental gears of anyone hoping to soon order one of the long-awaited (and much anticipated) boards, which had been expected to be ready for orders sometime this month. The piece was based on an interview with David Braben — since picked up, and subsequently corrected, by others as well — and it gave the impression both that a sudden delay had cropped up in the schedule (so that the boards wouldn't be available for consumers until September), and that the price might rise as well. The Raspberry Pi site says that both of these were mistaken, and clarifies (with some bold print, even): "You will be able to buy a Raspberry Pi from the end of February, from this website. The 'consumer release' that Eurogamer is talking about is actually the educational release, which, as you’ll be aware if you’ve been hanging out on our forums, will come with a kid-targetted software stack, a heap of written support materials, and a standard case." That educational version sounds like it's got enough value added to justify a higher price and a longer wait, but you can unwrench those gears if you're just interested in the plain (unboxed) board instead.
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Despite Media Confusion, Raspberry Pi Boards Still On Schedule

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  • by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @08:50PM (#39027299) Journal

    Name one.

  • by Vairon ( 17314 ) on Monday February 13, 2012 @11:05PM (#39028329)

    Yes. Open Linux boards have been around for quite some time. None of them have ever been this cheap before. If you disagree, please tell me where I can buy a 700Mhz SOC that runs Linux with similar peripherals (Ethernet, HDMI, Composite, 256MB RAM, USB, 16 GPIO lines) and about the size of a credit card for $35 or less?

    Routerboard 400Mhz $59
    Gumstix Overo Sand COM 600Mhz $115
    Beagleboard 720Mhz $125
    Beaglebone 700Mhz $89
    Raspberry Pi 700Mhz $35

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 14, 2012 @06:22AM (#39030685)

    They're not the responsibility of the Pi Foundation, but of individuals who feel that there's something useful to know about, so your real complaint is with Slashdot for publishing them.

    Personally, I'd not tell you lot anything, this place is full of whiners and trolls, all ready to cry "vaporware" and "shill", or get into a complete tangle of self righteous misunderstanding about the target audience, or open source vs a vis Broadcom or whatever.

    Get one to play with when they come out. If you don't want one; perhaps it goes against your Open Source sensibilities, then shut your row and eff off.

    Can't say plainer than that, can I?

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